Four debuts shortlisted for Booker Prize 2020

Booker Prize 2020
Booker Prize 2020

Diane Cook, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Avni Doshi, Maaza Mengiste Douglas Stuart and Brandon Taylor; are the nominations for the Booker Prize 2020.

Booker Prize 2020
Booker Prize 2020 Nominations

The Booker Prize 2020 carries forth four of the eight debuts included in its long list from late July.

Four of them are first-time novelists; with their debut novels. All the six nominated books are written by writers from outside the UK. Further, four of the six shortlisted novels are written by women.

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The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist announcement

The topics covered by the six nominees are extensive and wide-ranging; including stories of climate change, life deprivation in Zimbabwe, dementia, and 1935 Ethiopia’s woman soldiers. The books not only incite imagination and thinking, but also transports the readers to a different world.

The Booker Prize is the UK’s most esteemed literary award.The nominations for the year were revealed through a virtual press conference in London.

Hilary Mantel failed to make it to the Booker Prize 2020 nomination list. Mantel was expected to have historic third win. In her trilogy on the life of Thomas Crowell; both the previous titles – Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies had won.

Some see this as an exhilarating indication of new literary talent coming into the saturated UK awards arena.

Gaby Wood, the literary director of the foundation, said the jurors themselves were shocked to see so many debuts making it to the list this year. He asked, “Why were they taken aback? ” He further added “They focused on the books. Nobody wins the Booker Award for who they are”.

The contest is open to any novel written by an author of any nationality in English, and published between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020 in the UK or Ireland.

Margaret Busby, editor, literary critic, and former publisher, is the Chair of the Judges of 2020. Lemn Sissay, Emily Wilson and Sameer Rahim, are the jurors and were tasked with chiselling an impressive line-up of 162 novels off to a shortlist of six.

The Booker Prize 2020 will announce its winner on November 17.

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